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I'm using irssi hosted on a remote computer for IRC, and it'd be super helpful not to have to hold Control or right-click every single link (so I can avoid multiple clicks or multiple hands).

At this point I'm willing to download gnome-terminal's source and manually patch it and rebuild the package.

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There doesn't appear to be. If you really wanted that, then you would probably have to patch it as you said.

A helpful way of thinking about it is to open links sort of as a mouse gesture: Since Open Link is the first item on the right-click menu, a quick, small swipe to the bottom-right will open it with one click.

Right click Swipe and release

There's some activity on this on these bugs, however:

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The gesture thing would make sense if the menu always appeared at the same spot or in the same size. Thanks for the bug links, though. I think I might see if I can write a Terminator plugin to get what I want. –  Emily S. May 28 '11 at 18:05
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I ended up patching Terminator (a one-liner) for the behavior I wanted. –  Emily S. May 29 '11 at 19:20
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